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Russia Today Anchor Quits Over Putin Coverage

From the Los Angeles Times:

Anchor for Russian TV says she’s quitting in protest of Putin coverage

By Matt Pearce | March 5, 2014

An American journalist said she was quitting a Russian-backed TV station in an on-air protest Wednesday, telling viewers "I cannot be part of a network funded by the Russian government, that whitewashes the actions of [President Vladimir] Putin."

Wait. Was she working for MSNBC or CNN?

Liz Wahl, an anchor for the English-language network RT, made her announcement after criticism that RT, also known as Russia Today, had taken a sympathetic stance on the Russian intervention in Ukraine’s Crimean peninsula.

"Sympathetic stance." Sheesh. Our own news media are hopeless.

A day earlier, RT journalist Abby Martin made on-air remarks critical of the Russian government’s actions in Crimea, telling viewers, "What Russia did was wrong."

Unfortunately, Ms. Martin is also an anti-capitalist, America-hating 9/11 ‘truther.’ (Why isn’t she at MSNBC?)

Wahl prefaced her resignation Wednesday by citing Martin’s remarks, adding, "Indeed, as a reporter on this network, I face many ethical and moral challenges, especially me personally…. My grandparents came here [to the US] as refugees during the Hungarian revolution, ironically to escape the Soviet forces."

After telling viewers that the network "whitewashes" the actions of Russian President Vladimir Putin, Wahl said, "I’m proud to be an American and believe in disseminating the truth, and that is why, after this newscast, I am resigning." …

You have to wonder why Ms. Wahl ever went to work for Russia Today in the first place, since it is funded by the Kremlin and it is well known to be Putin’s pet network.

In other words, it is the Russian equivalent of MSNBC. Except nobody at MSNBC has enough American patriotism or regard for the truth to quit.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Thursday, March 6th, 2014. Comments are currently closed.

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